The Hotness
Games|People|Company
Hot Chicks: The Roleplaying Game
Dragon's Hoard
Tokyo Brain Pop
Hero High (Revised Edition)
Panty Explosion
Horror on the Orient Express (2nd Edition)
Invisible Sun
Character Law & Campaign Law (2nd Edition)
Deluxe Hero Wars
Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple
Numenera
Tonight we slay a dragon, or die in the attempt
Sherlock by Gaslight
Star Trek Adventures Core Book
3: Dead Memories
Adventurers League Player's Guide (Storm King's Thunder)
The Lapis Observatory
The Committee for the Exploration of Mysteries
Delta Green
Bunnies & Burrows
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
The Nighttime Animals Save the World
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Core Set
Conan: The Roleplaying Game (Pocket Edition)
The Ninth World Bestiary
Monster Manual (D&D 5e)
Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 5e)
Blades in the Dark
Fall of Magic
Ultimate Intrigue
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Beginner Game
Adventurers League Dungeon Master's Guide (Storm King's Thunder)
What Lies Beneath (Issue 1 - Aug 2002)
All Flesh Must Be Eaten Revised Edition
Star Frontiers
The Adventures of Indiana Jones
InSpectres
Call of Cthulhu (6th Edition)
Horde Player's Guide
Marvel Super Heroes Advanced Set
GURPS Age Of Napoleon
The Complete Warlock
The Golden Dawn
A Quick Primer for Old School Gaming
Savant and Sorcerer
Millennium's End v2.0
Metamorphosis Alpha
Titan: The Fighting Fantasy World
Arcane (Issue 18 - Apr 1997)
Weird War II: Blood on the Rhine
Information
Name
James M. Ward
Alternate Names
Jim Ward
Website
wrong website?
 Corrections
 Clone
 Customize View
xml RSS Feed 
Facebook Twitter Delicious Google
ObjectID: 1832
Description Edit | History

James M. Ward (born May 23, 1951) is an American game designer and fantasy author from Wisconsin. He began writing and designing games in 1974. He is known for working at TSR for more than 20 years. At TSR he was the their licensing director and "world builder". He is credited with creating the first science fiction role-playing game Metamorphosis Alpha and the first post-apocalyptic role-playing game the award-winning Gamma World. The Dungeons & Dragons character Drawmij was named after him by using the letters of his name spelled backwards. When Gary Gygax left TSR in the 1990s, he became the director of creative development for about ten years. He's also written for companies such as Marvel, DC Comics, Random House, Del Rey, Bantam, and Western Publishing. From around 2001 until 2005, he was president of Fast Forward Entertainment, an independent game development company.

He was one of the four people to speak at Gary Gygax's funeral, saying that he met Gary Gygax in a bookstore when the two of them ended up picking up the same exact seven historical books. After a game of Dungeons & Dragons, Ward told Gygax that there should be a science fiction version whereupon Gary said, "Well, why don't you write it, Jim?" This is how the game Metamorphosis Alpha was created.

Articles

Awards

  • In 1989, he was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Hall of Fame.

We're hoping you can help

Jim Ward, author or co-author of the following games: Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (The 4th Supp. to D&D), Metamorphosis Alpha (The first sci-fi RPG, for TSR), Gamma World (post-apocalyptic RPG, for TSR), Dragon Lairds (a boardgame with Tom Wham), Spellfire and Dragon Ball Z (CCGs), as well as more than a dozen other games and game-aids, former editor of Crusader Magazine for Troll Lord Games, one of the original players in the original Greyhawk campaign, author of The Pool of Radiance and Halcyon Blaithe-Midship Wizard and just all around nice guy and creative madman, is ill. Very ill. He has had to cancel appearances at several cons to which he was invited since last spring.

He has been diagnosed, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, with a serious neurological disorder. The gaming world came close to saying goodbye to yet another of the pioneers of RPGing several months ago. The experts say that Jim's condition is treatable and manageable, but will remain very serious forever.

Jim is very, very slowly recovering; every day is a new skirmmish with the disorder. He still suffers from acute bouts of dizziness and a pervasive lassitude due to bodily energy issues.

While Jim and his family are fortunate to have some health insurance, the co-pays are mounting at an alarming rate, having hit five digits some while ago and showing no signs of abating any time soon.

While we can't make Jim well, perhaps we can alleviate some of his financial worries and remove some of the burden from his family. I hope you can help my friend of 35 years in his most low-down time.

Tim Kask

former TSR, founding editor of Dragon and Adventure Gaming magazines, Jim's friend

http://bailoutthewardenfund.bbnow.org/index.php

Partial source: Wikipedia, "Drawmij", available under the CC-BY-SA License.

Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{title}}
Category: Language:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No videos found
{{video.numrecommend}} {{video.title}} {{video.language}} {{video.username|truncate:"10"}} {{video.numcomments}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
Images
Gallery:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No images found
Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{data.config.moduletitle}} Relationship:
[] [Forums »] [Post »] [Search »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No threads found
{{thread.numrecommend}} {{thread.subject}}
Last Post {{thread.lastpostdate|truncate:"10"}} Posted {{thread.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
{{thread.user.username|truncate:"10"}} {{thread.numposts-1}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{data.config.moduletitle}} Relationship:
[] [Forums »] [Post »] [Search »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No threads found
{{thread.numrecommend}} {{thread.subject}}
Last Post {{thread.lastpostdate|truncate:"10"}} Posted {{thread.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
{{thread.user.username|truncate:"10"}} {{thread.numposts-1}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{title}}
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No posts found
{{post.numpositive}} {{post.title}}
by
{{post.numcomments}}
Linked Items
Relationship: Sort: Category: Genre:
Pg. 1 of 12 » 12
Rank 0
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Num Owned 2
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 1
Comments 0
Year Published 1983
Rank 0
Num Ratings 5
Average Rating 5.80
Num Owned 22
Prev. Owned 2
For Trade 2
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 0
Comments 3
Year Published 1993
Rank 0
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Num Owned 4
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Year Published 2016
Rank 2746
Num Ratings 11
Average Rating 7.00
Num Owned 55
Prev. Owned 3
For Trade 1
Want in Trade 4
Wishlist 6
Comments 6
Year Published 1987
Rank 0
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Num Owned 9
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 1
Comments 0
Year Published 1989
Rank 0
Num Ratings 4
Average Rating 4.25
Num Owned 16
Prev. Owned 2
For Trade 2
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 1
Comments 2
Year Published 1997
Rank 0
Num Ratings 1
Average Rating 6.00
Num Owned 8
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 1
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 1
Comments 1
Year Published 1985
Rank 0
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Num Owned 4
Prev. Owned 1
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Year Published 2013
Rank 0
Num Ratings 4
Average Rating 6.00
Num Owned 22
Prev. Owned 6
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 2
Wishlist 2
Comments 3
Year Published 1983
Rank 0
Num Ratings 1
Average Rating 6.00
Num Owned 9
Prev. Owned 1
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 1
Comments 0
Year Published 1984
Linked Issues/Articles
Relationship: Sort:
Pg. 1 of 12 » 12
Rank N/A
Num Ratings 1
Average Rating 8.00
Average Weight 0.00
Num Owned 14
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 2
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 1
Published 1984-00-00
Rank N/A
Num Ratings 1
Average Rating 8.00
Average Weight 0.00
Num Owned 17
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 2
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 1
Comments 2
Published 1984-00-00
Rank 18
Num Ratings 15
Average Rating 7.90
Average Weight 3.00
Num Owned 75
Prev. Owned 6
For Trade 8
Want in Trade 2
Wishlist 1
Comments 5
Published 1980-00-00
Rank N/A
Num Ratings 3
Average Rating 8.50
Average Weight 0.00
Num Owned 20
Prev. Owned 1
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 1
Comments 0
Published 1980-00-00
Rank N/A
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Average Weight 0.00
Num Owned 2
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Published 2002-05-00
Rank N/A
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Average Weight 0.00
Num Owned 2
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Published 2002-06-00
Rank N/A
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Average Weight 0.00
Num Owned 12
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 1
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Published 2008-00-00
Rank N/A
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Average Weight 0.00
Num Owned 9
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Published 2009-00-00
Rank N/A
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Average Weight 0.00
Num Owned 10
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 4
Wishlist 4
Comments 2
Published 2009-00-00
Rank N/A
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Average Weight 0.00
Num Owned 6
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Published 2009-00-00
Updating...
Thumbs Up
GeekLists
[Browse »] [Summary »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No lists found
{{list.numpositive}} {{list.title}} {{list.username|truncate:"10"}} {{list.numitems}}
{{list.lastreplydate|truncate:"10"}} {{list.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
Web Links
Category: Language:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No Web Links Found
Link {{cat}} {{lang}}
{{weblink.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.